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  • How do you solve a problem like salami?

    Back in November 2011 I placed an order for an Italian made air drying cabinet to produce salami. Through many months of tests, breakdowns, tears and swearing, said cabinet made its way back to the distributor on Tuesday morning. Like many relationships, the cabinet and I have had our highs…

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  • Calling all Mangalitsa breeders.

    Are you a Mangalitsa breeder? Are you willing to share your feed regime with me and have some spare back and flare fat tucked away in the freezer? Then please get in touch. Thanks to the Welsh Institute for Sustainable Environments at Swansea University I’ll be sending a batch of…

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  • Media whore…

    I haven’t really mentioned a huge amount on here about my wider marketing plan. Put simply, when someone asks if I want to do something, I pretty much, enthusiastically say yes. I’m like the Duracell bunny, if you want me to talk about food, wind me up and I’ll go…

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  • Another milestone.

    I keep on saying it, but I don’t get a chance to post half as much as I want to. It’s not laziness, it’s a lack of time. If you have a friend that runs their own business, who’s bad at keeping in touch, slow to answer emails or rubbish…

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  • The Joy of Grants

    I’m onto my third grant application in just over a month. You’d think that they’d be getting easier but that definitely isn’t the case. Grant number one was 100% funded for an innovation in the food industry, as it was a joint application it took me a couple of meetings…

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  • Black Pudding and Chicharrones

    For most people Saturday is a day of relaxation, perhaps a spot of shopping, a day out, some socialising or even a trip to support a local sports team. My Saturdays usually involve some meat alchemy. For the past few months Saturdays have been my dedicated production development days. As…

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  • Ham, ham, lovely ham.

    Following on from my last post, I’ve been thinking more an more recently about what constitutes an artisan product. I started thinking about it after taking part in a Radio Cymru discussion recently on sausage production. There’s a generalised view that products sold from a farm shop or high street…

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  • Staycation

    Firstly, an apology for all those reading this in the UK. If you’re experiencing bad weather, it’s all my fault. Today’s the first day of my ‘staycation’ so I’m pretty sure that I’m to blame. We’re heading to Butlins, Minehead for a few days on one of those Sun £9.50…

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  • Plans and CO2

    I wrote this draft earlier in the week, and didn’t get a chance to post it. I’m being a little lazy – no pics for a change, just boring text: Since giving up the day job and embarking on this new career as a charcutier it’s been rare that I’ve…

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  • Brand Design

    Anyone know of a good design company? A design student or even a friend with aspirations to have a crack at designing? Well, I’m looking for some help with brand and packaging design. I don’t have oodles of cash but there is a little budget available. Feel free to forward…

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